Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has successfully delivered its first newbuild LNG carrier, the Avenir Advantage, to Avenir LNG Limited. The ship also functions as an LNG bunkering vessel, making it the first in South East Asia to do so. In addition, it is the first of two such vessels that Keppel O&M is building for Avenir LNG, expanding its suite of solutions across the gas value chain. This reinforces Keppel’s Vision 2030, which includes seizing opportunities in LNG solutions and renewables.
The 7,500m3 vessel was built at Keppel Nantong Shipyard in China, and is equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG. Keppel O&M’s technology arm, Offshore Technology Development (OTD), also installed and commissioned the vessel’s Ballast Water Treatment System.
“We are pleased to deliver South East Asia’s first LNG bunkering vessel, which strengthens our capabilities and extends our track record in providing solutions across the gas value chain,” said Tan Leong Peng, Managing Director (New Builds), Keppel O&M. “This is the fourth dual-fuel vessel we have delivered, and one of four LNG bunkering vessels we are building. It is a testament to our versatility and ability to provide environmentally-friendly solutions for more sustainable vessel operations.”
The Avenir Advantage has been chartered by Petronas LNG to provide ship-to-ship LNG bunkering to vessels across Malaysia, and transport services as an LNG carrier for small-scale terminals in the region.
Avenir LNG’s CEO, Milorad Doljanin commented, “The flexible design of our vessels means they can support the development of the LNG bunker fuel market in the shorter term whilst underpinning our strategic objective: to enable LNG supply to energy users who were previously unable to enjoy the environmental and cost benefits which LNG affords.”
Source: Keppel O&M